Ten years ago, Genndy Tartakovski would kick off one of the most successful animated franchises of the century – ‘Hotel Transylvania’.
starring Adam Sandler e Selena Gomezthe narrative is set in the titular hotel, a resort five stars that serves as a refuge so that the monsters can rest from the hard work of chasing and scaring humans. The place is run by Count Dracula, who decides to invite friends to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis. What he didn’t expect was that Jonathan, a clueless human, would show up on the spot just when the hotel is full of guests and, on top of that, fall in love with Mavis.
The dubbing cast was also made up of Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade e CeeLo Green and, despite mixed reviews, became a commercial success by raising US$358 million worldwide, in addition to earning a Golden Globe nomination. It is no surprise that the production has become a multimedia franchise, with no less than three filmic sequels.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the CinePOP prepared a short list bringing some backstage trivia.
- Normally, animated films have the cast record their lines separately, but Tartakovsky wanted Sandler, James, Spade and Buscemi to stay together to record dialogue as if the project were a live-action.
- In the film’s commentary, it is mentioned that the city that appears at the end is loosely based on a real village known as Sighisoara, in Romania. Sighisoara is also known as the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the real Count Dracula.
- O designer Carlos Grangel created mariachi skeletons to honor and pay tribute to Dia de Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday.
- Samberg co-wrote and performed the song “Sweet 118” in your office on the program ‘Saturday Night Live’while the producer Michelle Murdocca listened to the song over the phone.
- Among the wall decorations in Mavis’ room, there is a poster that clearly reminds us of Gomez, the actress who voices her in the franchise.
- During the closing of the musical number “You’re My Zing”Jonathan makes a direct reference to Simba and Nala, romantic couple of the classic ‘The Lion King’. This is one of the few times a rival animation studio has referenced a film from Walt Disney Studios.
- “Jonathan is basically based on who I was in high school”Samberg said, in an interview. “Super positive in the face of adversity, even when it shouldn’t be.”
- Miley Cyrus was originally cast as Mavis, but was fired from the project after buying out her ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, a penis-shaped cake and be photographed licking it. The studio was concerned about the image Cyrus would present within a family film and replaced her with Gomez. At the time, it was said that Cyrus had to abandon the film to focus on other productions, but she revealed the truth in 2019.
- Early in the film, when hotel guests are seen arriving for the first time, Dracula mentions that the hotel has been in operation since 1898. It is also shown that Mavis’ mother was killed by a mob in approximately 1895 (based on an family portrait showing Mavis around one year old, with both parents). ‘Dracula’ of Bram Stoker was written in 1896 and released in 1897. Therefore, this film uses a chronological order following Dracula’s original story, as if it were a narrative of Stoker’s original novel.
- The pet mouse chef Somehow (Jon Lovitz) is called Esmeralda, in honor of the gypsy heroine of ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’.